In a highly anticipated matchup between the Seawolves and Chico State, the Sonoma State University Men’s Soccer team came out victorious, winning 2-0 against their rival from the north on Sunday afternoon.
The Seawolves, who held a 4-2-1 record coming into the game, including a sub .500 record in conference play (1-2-0), were looking to get back on track after losing two important conference road games on their Southern California road trip last weekend by a combined score of 6-1.
However, the Seawolves built on their momentum following a crucial overtime win against Humboldt State on Wednesday and began a two-game winning streak.
To add to the winng streak, both of the team’s wins came against conference opponents.
The team looked to buckle down and improve upon their defensive effort and it showed in Sunday’s game.
Goalkeeper Mitch North put up a clean sheet, despite Chico outshooting the Seawolves 12-10, and 6-4 shots on goal.
North now leads the conference with 37 total saves on the season.
Following a scoreless first half in which both teams couldn’t break through the seal, both teams were eager to be first on the board.
The Seawolves came out on the attack early in the second half, netting two goals roughly 15 minutes apart.
Junior forward T.J. Perez was the first to score, in just five minutes into the second half, when he was assissted by teamates Ryan Rohane and Josh Sanchez.
Perez now leads the team with five total goals on the season, which is also third best in the conference.
Senior forward Brenton Frame would later put the game away with a beautiful strike that had head coach Marcus Ziemer in awe.
“That was a really important one for us; Brenton’s goal was a wonder goal, he bent it far post from at least 25 yards out,” said Ziemer. Ziemer spoke about the importance of the victory.
“After losing two games down south, it was important for us to get back on a win streak and get our confidence back,” said Ziemer.
The Seawolves look to continue this upward trend as they travel down the California coast this weekend beginning with a Friday matchup against San Francisco State. They will then travel for another conference game against CSU Monterey Bay on Sunday.